Today we’ll do things backward. Try your hand at a bevy of quizzes, all involving 刺 (SHI, sa(su), sa(saru), sa(shi), sashi, toge: to stab, pierce, prick, sting; thorn; business card), a kanji we’ve examined over the past few weeks. In the answer notes, you’ll find sample sentences. In other words, dessert first and salad later.
Quiz 1: Homophonic Murder Mystery
This murder mystery has two steps. Let’s start with Step 1. (We can’t do everything backward today!)
The following words all have the same yomi: shikaku. One word means “assassin.” Can you locate the assassin by matching the kanji compounds to the meanings? If I supplied the breakdowns, it would be too easy, so try to make do without them.
1. 四角 a. assassin
2. 資格 b. sense of sight; vision
3. 視覚 c. blind spot; dead space
4. 刺客 d. qualifications; requirements; capabilities
5. 死角 e. square
6. 視角 f. visual angle
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